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Sports Medicine - Behind the Scenes

January 2016

This program takes a first-hand behind the scenes look at the world of sports medicine as seen through the eyes of professional, college and amateur athletic programs and facilities. Students will be provided a very unique opportunity to observe, participate, and learn what it is like working in elite athletic environments. Knowledge of the structural reporting system, and the commitment of elite athletes not otherwise seen in most physical therapy settings will be explored.


This program is open to DPT students over the age of 18. Students will earn two URI credits for PHT 576: Broadening Experiences in Physical Therapy. This is a two week course in January. The first day will be spent on campus discussing the topic of sports medicine. Students will then travel to Tampa, Florida where they will spend approximately 10 days. Each experience will be followed with a debriefing session to review all of the unique learning opportunities.


Pre-departure course work will prepare the participants for a rewarding adventure. Currently planned experiences include a tour of various sports medicine complexes, including the University of South Florida, the University of Florida, spring training baseball complexes, the internationally known sports training facility IMG, Cirque du Soleil, and the Tampa Bay Lightning venue. In addition, students will actively participate as volunteers in the Disney Marathon and a Paralympic wheelchair rugby tournament. On this trip, everyone will have dedicated opportunities to interact with the athletes and staff at theses venues and learn about their roles behind the scenes. To top it off, a private tour of the Kennedy Space Center, to see how the astronauts prepare for their vigorous journeys, will be included!


* Please note that the schedule is subject to change pending weather and team affiliates availability.

Tampa is located on the west coast of Florida. It is populated by approximately 346,037 people. The climate of Tampa is categorized as subtropical with an average high temperature of 70°F during the month of January. It is home to several sports teams such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Rays, and the Tampa Bay Storm. Destinations for this course will also include Orlando, Bradenton, Gainesville, Cape Canaveral, and Cocoa Beach.

Accommodations and Meals:
Students will be sharing triple- and quadruple-occupancy hotel rooms. Students will be responsible for some of their meals during the program.


Program Cost:
Program Fee:
Total Cost:
In-State (Graduate)
Est. $1,850
Est. $2,562
Out-of-State (Graduate
Est. $1,850
Est. $2,880


Program Fee Includes:

Round-trip airfare


Some meals

Program transportation
Excursions and cultural activities


 NOTE: All fees subject to change



Program Deadlines:
Application Deadline: October 2, 2015
Final Payment Due: December 1, 2015


For more information, please contact:


Program Director
URI Faculty-Led Programs Office
Jeff Konin
International Center
Physical Therapy
37 Lower College Road


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